Following on the heels of Phonebloks
, a Google/Motorola formed a design group called Project Ara
. The Verge
recently interviewed Paul Eremenko
, the project lead, about progress made towards modularization of mobile phone components, overcoming engineering issues, and the group assigning itself an ambitious timetable to succeed in delivering a sellable product within two years, or disbanding.
Ars Technica reports on malicious extensions on the Chrome web browser
, which install advertising-based malware that hijack links and inject ad content. Further speech recognition exploits
) leave open the opportunity for malicious sites to record sound captured by the user's web browser without permission.
Google Web Designer
is a free and neat little HTML5 animation authoring tool (system requirements
In a two minute-and-forty-two-second advertisment against advertising, Microsoft explains why
you should use their product instead of that of their competitor [via
"With your permission you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches," [Google CEO Eric Schmidt] said. "We don't need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you've been. We can more or less know what you're thinking about... We can look at bad behavior and modify it.
" The Atlantic
's editor James Bennet discusses with Schmidt how lobbyists write America's laws, how America's research universities are the best in the world, how the Chinese are going all-out in investing in their infrastructure, how the US should have allowed automakers to fail, and ultimately Google's evolving role in an technologically-augmented society in this broad, interesting and scary interview
(~25 min Flash video) [via
Despite very strong denials
last week from Google and Verizon that they were not discussing ways around Net Neutrality
, Google and Verizon held a conference today
to announce their agreement to the establishment of price-tiered network services, dividing the current Internet into a "neutral public Internet" that remains "open" (and which preserves access to YouTube and other Google properties), and a set of paid, priority channels that Verizon and other telecoms can use to deliver certain other types of content at higher prices, particularly over cell networks and whatever future infrastructure the Internet will be carried over.
In the same spirit as the Open Net Initiative
and Committee to Protect Bloggers
that both track global internet filtering, Sami
ben Gharbia's Access Denied Map
tries to track the blocking of sites like Blogger, Flickr, YouTube and others by governments, as well as efforts by activists to keep them accessible or to challenge their blockage.
Fighter jets, overturned tractor trailers, WW II bombers, cars parked on walls, and more of The Strangest Sights in Google Earth